Most people can live about 40 days without food; they can live about 4 days without water, but they can’t live more than about 4 minutes without oxygen.
As you read these words, your chest is softly, rhythmically, and automatically rising and falling as air enters into and exits your lungs. You probably weren’t even consciously aware of this until I called it to your attention. Yet, without this intake of air, which contains oxygen, your physical life would come to an abrupt end. The Bible says:
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul.”
~ Genesis 2:7
Clearly God used two separate and distinct steps in the creation of man.
First, He formed man of the “dust of the ground”; when a body is placed in the ground, it eventually reduces to the same ingredients from which man was originally formed: mineral ash or “dust of the ground.”
So after step one, God had nothing but a dead, lifeless body to work with – it is devoid of LIFE.
Why is it motionless and lifeless? What makes the difference between life and death?
Answering these questions brings us to the most basic and important substance in man: oxygen! It is an ingredient of such monumental importance that without it, life is absolutely impossible.
God breathed into Adam’s dead and lifeless body the “breath of life,”